Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements from India
Is yellow fever vaccination required?
All visitors travelling from India to Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mali, Ghana and Ethiopia are required to be vaccinated against yellow fever with an international certificate proving so.
While there is no health check on departure from India, you will be checked upon your return. Thus, it is mandatory to be in possession of a valid international vaccination certificate of yellow fever before your departure. This certificate must be issued from an approved vaccination center.
Visitors travelling directly from India to South Africa or Zimbabwe do NOT need a yellow fever vaccination. However, any person entering South Africa or Zimbabwe from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas must be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever.
The full list of Yellow Fever endemic countries:
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire), Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan (South of 15° N), Togo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Panama.
When should I get the vaccination?
The yellow fever vaccination needs to be given at least ten days before arriving in a yellow-fever-endemic area and must be administered at an approved yellow fever vaccination center.
What documents are required?
To get an valid certification of yellow fever vaccination, you are required to bring your original passport and your international travel tickets. It is also recommended to have Rs 300 in change (cost of vaccination at govt. institutes).
What time should I show up for the vaccination?
Most public health centres open at 9 am, Monday – Friday. However, there is a limited quota of vaccinations issued everyday (less than 100 usually). Thus, it is recommended to show up earlier in order to be ahead in the line.
How long is the yellow fever vaccine valid for?
The yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid for ten years, after which a booster shot is recommended.
Can I be exempted from producing a vaccination certificate?
The under mentioned persons are exempted from production yellow fever vaccination certificate:
- Infants below the age of six months.
- Any person suffering from some chronic illness and has poor resistance and is thereby exempted from being vaccinated.
- Crew and passengers of an aircraft transiting through an airport located in yellow fever infected area provided the Health Officer is satisfied that such persons remained within the airport premises during the period of stay.
What are the re-entry requirements by the Ministry of Health?
The Ministry of Health, Government of India, has issued an advisory for passengers coming/returning to India from yellow fever endemic countries. Please read the full advisory here:
List of countries listed as YF endemic according to WHO
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, follows this list.
Can I get the vaccination in Kenya?
No, it is NOT advisable to take the vaccination in a Yellow Fever endemic country as it takes ten days for the vaccine to take effect.
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